Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury during the press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel, London.
Under a banner declaring him "The real heavyweight champion of the world", Fury and Frank Warren, the promoter, announced that he will return to the ring on June 9 at Manchester Arena.
Joshua, 28, is now more concerned about making a fight with American Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, who has been offered £8.8million to agree to a clash for all four major heavyweight titles.
The 29-year-old Briton - who has not fought since his shock win against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become the then undisputed heavyweight world champion - was cleared to fight again in December by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after accepting a backdated two-year ban for testing positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone.
"He's a big old dosser, belt carrier for me", said Fury.
However, none of the aforementioned will raise more eyebrows or spark half as much excitement as the announcement of Tyson Fury.
Since returning to the gym earlier this year, the orthodox fighter says he has been "working very, very hard, seven days a week" with new trainer Ben Davison in a bid to build up fitness after Fury piled on weight during his three year absence. Wilder is risky until the last few seconds of a fight, only needs one punch, but he's a bit weak around the old whiskers and he's not the best boxer in the world.
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A goal line clearance came early, with James Ward-Prowse taking a feed from Shane Long and beating Petr Cech but not Calum Chambers .
Fury has dismissed the theory he may have been frustrated to be away from boxing while Anthony Joshua has stepped into the spotlight and claimed the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts.
"The King has returned", said Fury.
No opponents have mentioned at the time of publication for Fury for the June 9th date.
"He needs to get himself fighting fit".
"This is a fight for depression, for mental health problems".
"He's fought his way back from there and now he's going to move on and I believe he can win his belts back". "I kid you not", he added. I've been as low as anyone man can go and as high as any man can go. Timing, reflexes, everything, better than ever, I kid you not.
"I've got to congratulate Joshua, he's done very well".